Has your pet recently been diagnosed with an illness that requires you give them medication through an injection? Here are some basic tips to help ease both you and your pet through the injection process. Start by preparing the needle. Warm up the bottle of medication by rolling it in your hand, especially if it has been refrigerated.. Then make sure you sterilize the top of the medication bottle by using rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide with a cotton ball. Make sure you are using a sterilized syringe (one that is wrapped in plastic prior to use). I highly recommend using disposable syringes as these come sold in multi-packs and are easily disposed of. WARNING: Do not shake the bottle, as this will add additional bubbles into the medication. Next draw the medication out of the bottle by inserting the needle, then flip the medication upside down so that your medicine is on top and the needle (inserted) is on the bottom. Draw the liquid out to the amount needed for your recommended dosage. Once filled, tap the syringe to knock loose any bubbles that may have been drawn out. Push the plunger to let out all remaining air until the medicine is just about ready to come out. You do not want any air in your syringe!
Prepare you pet by giving him/her a little love first. When ready for the injection, hold the back of the neck (where momma used to carry them), the fatty area just above the shoulder blades. Make sure you have a good grip on your pet. Use your finger to push the fur aside so that you can see the skin, and insert the needle just between the shoulder blades, underneath the skin. Depress the plunger to inject the medication and you are all done. Make sure you give them a little extra love (or a treat) for being such a well behaved pet and you are done! There is nothing to be scared of when your vet tells you that you need to give your pet an injection for their medication. Take it in stride and tell them you learned from the best.
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